Celebrating Behdeinkhlam, Getaway by RTCGuwahati

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Celebrating Behdeinkhlam, Getaway by RTCGuwahati

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Sat-Sun 20 - 21 Jul, 2019 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM

About the trip

One of the most vibrant celebrations that Meghalaya has to offer, the Behdeinkhlam festival of the Jaintia community is soon to be held- as it is anually- in the month of July. The name 'Behdeinkhlam' literally translates to 'driving away evil using sticks'. The festival is a three-day event and consists of numerous elaborate rituals. Celebrated after the sowing season in the Jowai district, the festival is deep-rooted in religious and customary beliefs. In an attempt to promote and enhance tourism in the North-Eastern region, the central government has been funding this festival in the recent years.

The pre-ceremonious events start a week prior to the function, when a pig is sacrificed to the Knia Pyrthat (Thunder), believing it ward off the demons. The opening ceremony is then held by the chief of the tribe, also known as Daloi. During the main event, the youth of every locality construct an ornamental towered structure called a 'rath'. The bamboo rath is then hauled by 30-40 people to be immersed in a lake at Aitnar. 

Another unique fete is the custom of building Khnongs. Tree trunks are axed, polished and then left in the woods for a couple of days. Eventually, these Khnongs are brought into town amongst the sound of beating drums and pipes. Upon entering town, these trunks are then adorned and erected.

Assembly Point: Khanapara, near hotel Taj Vivanta Guwahati.

The Plan:

Day1: Start from Guwahati by 8:30 am and reach Jowai by 2 pm. On the way stop for lunch break and sightseeing stop. Overnight stay in a farmhouse. Evening will be relax in swimming pool and bonfire will be served.
Day 2: Early in the morning go for short hike to a water falls. After breakfast move to festival area. By evening back to Guwahati.

Registration fees: 
Rs. 2600/- per person (Inclusive of all taxes

Accommodation in farm-house on Twin/Triple Sharing
Meals: Day 1: Evening Snacks, Dinner; Day 2: Breakfast 
Waterfall hike, Swimming pool at destination, bonfire 


Cancellation & Refund Policy
1. Cancellation before 30 days of the trip- 0% cancellation fee
2. Cancellation between 30 to before 15 days of the trip- 50% cancellation fee
3. Cancellation between 15 to before 7 days of the trip- 75% cancellation fee
4. No refund from 7 days of the trip
P.S : The Booking made is transferable but not Refundable.


1.  Please pay for your own ride/Fuel which is not included
2. BYOB- Bring Your Own Booze
3. If you don't want to drive, you carpool with other members (be polite to offer for sharing fuel costs)
4. You will need a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, torch, shoes, and comfortable attire

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